Your health care provider feels that treatment with methotrexate (meth-oh-TREX-ate) might help your Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. These are both types of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This pamphlet explains what methotrexate (MTX) is, how well it works, side effects of MTX, who should not take MTX, and precautions. Instructions for injecting MTX are given.
Corticosteroids (kor-ti-koh-STER-oids) are strong inhibitors of inflammation (swelling). To ‘inhibit’ means to slow down or cut down on something. This pamphlet explains what corticosteriods do, how they work, when they are used, and how they are given. Precautions, side effects, and what to expect after treatment are explained. Side effects that require contacting your primary health care provider are listed.
This pamphlet will help you decide if azathioprine (Imuran®) or mercaptopurine therapy is right for you. The pamphlet explains what azathioprine (AZA) and mercaptopurine (6-MP) are, how well they work, as well as serious and less serious side-effects. The pamphlet also includes a list of what you can do to lower the chances of side-effects.
Risankizumab is a biologic medication. A biologic medication is a type of medication that treats inflammation. This pamphlet explains how risankizumab works, how it is given, and how long you can expect to take it. Precautions, side effects, and what to expect after treatment are explained. Side effects that require contacting your primary health care provider are listed.